The Slaughtermans Daughter: A Novel Audiobook, by Yaniv Iczkovits Play Audiobook Sample

The Slaughterman's Daughter: A Novel Audiobook

The Slaughtermans Daughter: A Novel Audiobook, by Yaniv Iczkovits Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Tovah Feldshuh Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593395431

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71:38 minutes

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06 seconds

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44:43 minutes

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“Occasionally a book comes along so fresh, strange, and original that it seems peerless, utterly unprecedented. This is one of those books.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   An irresistible, picaresque tale of two Jewish sisters in late-nineteenth-century Russia, The Slaughterman’s Daughter is filled with “boundless imagination and a vibrant style” (David Grossman), as well as enough intrigue and misadventure to stupefy the Coen brothers.   With her reputation as a vilde chaya (wild animal), Fanny Keismann isn’t like the other women in her shtetl in the Pale of Settlement—certainly not her obedient and anxiety-ridden sister, Mende, whose “philosopher” of a husband, ZviMeir, has run off to Minsk, abandoning her and their two children.   As a young girl, Fanny felt an inexorable pull toward her father’s profession of ritual slaughterer and, under his reluctant guidance, became a master with a knife. And though she long ago gave up that unsuitable profession—she’s now the wife of a cheesemaker and a mother of five—Fanny still keeps the knife tied to her right leg. Which might come in handy when, heedless of the dangers facing a Jewish woman traveling alone in czarist Russia, she sets off to track down Zvi-Meir and bring him home, with the help of the mute and mysterious ferryman Zizek Breshov, an ex-soldier with his own sensational past.   Yaniv Iczkovits spins a family drama into a far-reaching comedy of errors that will pit the czar’s army against the Russian secret police and threaten the very foundations of the Russian Empire. The Slaughterman’s Daughter is a rollicking and unforgettable work of fiction.

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“Full of fascinating historical detail. Iczkovits has done his research. But, best of all, is the writing. He is a born storyteller.”

— Jewish Chronicle 


  • “As witty as it is wise, Iczkovits’ novel is a profoundly moving caper through the Russian empire.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2021

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About Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh is an icon known for her starring roles as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, the longest-running one-person show in Broadway history; Irena Gut in Irena’s Vow; the title role in Yentl; her performances in Broadway productions like Cyrano, Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin, and many others; and her television roles as Helena Slomova in the internationally acclaimed miniseries, Holocaust; as hypercritical mom Naomi in Rachel Bloom’s smash hit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; and tough-as-nails head of Alexandria, Deanna Monroe on AMC’s The Walking Dead.